Continuing the track by track breakdown of new album “Periphery II,” Periphery’s Misha Mansoor has issued the following explanation of the song “Scarlet:”
“As a lot of you may already know, this was originally a Haunted Shores demo. Haunted Shores is a project that Mark and I were working on before he joined Periphery, and we had demoed a handful of songs. This one was a bit different in vibe from the usual fare and I think it stemmed from the tuning I showed Mark which is an open tuning of some kind (I don’t know the name or notes sadly, only how it sounds).
“Mark had written the first riff of the song and I knew we had something special, we were going for ‘ear candy,’ just something that sounded beautiful, but still had interesting riffs rather than just being straight power chords the whole time. Mark and I managed to write that song pretty fast actually, we were just constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. Sometimes you get lucky, and songs seem to just come together before your very eyes. Haunted shores was supposed to have guest vocalists only, so Spencer demoed some vocals out on it to see what would come of it, and Mark and I absolutely loved what he wrote.
“When Mark joined Periphery, we realized that not only was this song written by 3/5ths of Periphery members (which is more than can be said for most Periphery songs) but that it really fit the vibe of what we wanted for this album and in general. This song is also really cool, because it just screams Mark Holcomb from beginning to end. Even the riffs that I wrote were just reactions to his riffs and I was trying my best to write in his style, so those definitely sound like Mark as well. Matt also ran with whatever he could on this song. In my opinion, he has this gift of being able to spice things up without it seeming like he is overplaying or deliberately trying to show off, and the drums went from just “holding things down” on the demo to driving things forward on the album version. This song will likely be the second Single that we put out in support of the new album.”
Mark Holcomb also added, “This was the only original Haunted Shores song we used for the new Periphery record – it was written well beforehand but we felt it was perfectly appropriate in the context of the new album and my introduction into the band. We used an open tuning – Open C add 9 – for this song, which really lends itself to the big, lush chords used all over the place. It’s the only thing I’ve ever written in that tuning, but as soon as Misha and I started bouncing riffs off one another it really came together quite quickly.
“If you look at the chordal content of the song it’s really straightforward and almost a pop/rock song in its arrangement: 3 choruses, not a ton of adventurous chord progressions — like Misha says, ‘ear candy.’ But it’s deceivingly one of the hardest songs to play on the album because of how busy the riffing is on guitar, haha. The riffs are all over the place on this song and it’s gonna be one of the tougher ones to nail live!”